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I have lost a file while attempting to move it. I accidentally put three periods after the file name when I meant to put two. The command I ran was 'mv file.txt ...'. Ive used the find command to look for it, but I cant seem to track it down. Anyone encountered this before that might know where the file went?

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now do mv ... file.txt –  Rozuur Mar 30 '13 at 20:10
That command would rename it to "..." in whatever directory you were in. So if you cd into that directory and do mv ... ../file.txt you should be able to get it back. –  Jim Lewis Mar 30 '13 at 20:10
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Using the Graphical User Interface, do "view hidden files" on the folder you were in. Either that, or press Ctrl-h (which does the same thing).

Normally, I'd tell you to type ls -la from the terminal, but the syntax coloring of your terminal window may not be smart enough to show those three dots as a normal hidden file.

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